Tottenham 1-1 Fiorentina: Soldado ends scoring drought as Spurs draw first leg of Europa League last-32

Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado finally ended his wait for a goal, with the Spaniard scoring a brilliantly-taken volley in the first-half against Fiorentina, but ended up drawing the game at White Hart Lane, reports BBC Sport.

Soldado scored in the 6th minute of the game, converting Paulinho’s corner to set the Londoners on their way. It was his first goal in 10 games for Tottenham, and he will have been please to vindicate his manager’s decision to start him over Harry Kane.

But Tottenham failed to hold on to their lead in the opening 45 minutes, with Fiorentina finding an equaliser not too long after the half hour mark. Defender Jose Maria Basanta scored from close range, following a save from Spurs ‘keeper Hugo Lloris.

The home side were very guilty of missing opportunities all through the game, with Nacer Chadli hitting the woodwork early on, while Christian Eriksen put a good chance over the bar too.

The result means Spurs have to score in Italy for the return fixture or they will be out of the Europa League.

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